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ICT strategy on the cards

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ICT strategy on the cards

The Budapest National Development Ministry is preparing an ICT strategy for the government, reports Budapest Business Journal.

It was found that government bought technology at prices higher than necessary and chose solutions not compatible with the ones it already has.

Under-secretary of ICT in the ministry, Zsolt Nyitrai, says the new strategy will be flexible to react to ICT challenges, and will also be practical, with the inclusion of a detailed action plan. The strategy will present the management of the frequencies by government and also steps to create a national digital network.

EU invests in Internet's future

The EU is investing in the future of the Internet to ensure it will be able to support increasing demands from citizens, businesses and governments, writes eGov Monitor.

The European Commission has made available EUR90 million under the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership. "Ultra-fast Internet holds the key to delivering sustainable economic and social benefits," says commissioner Neelie Kroes.

Researchers from all parts of the ICT sector can apply for funding for projects in 2011. This research will focus on innovative Internet applications to make infrastructures like health systems, energy grids or traffic management systems 'smart'.

UK regulator saves with outsourcing

Tech services company Logica UK has signed a new ICT outsourcing contract with UK communications regulator Ofcom that the regulators says will deliver cost savings of £7.5 million over five years, states Computing.co.uk.

Ofcom said refreshing and simplifying its ICT will provide increased data centre resilience, drive environmental sustainability and reduce operational costs.

The contract is initially for four years, with an optional extra year. Ofcom forecasts that annual savings will be £1.5 million per year, or £7.5 million over five years to 2016.

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